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Manuscripts, letters, documents, photographs, bound manuscripts, galley proofs, and broadsides by, to or about James Joyce, mainly in the early years of his writing career. Manuscripts include the earliest known manuscript of his first book of poems, Chamber Music; a typescript of the first sketch of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; an essay containing an important early statement of Joyce's literary theory; and manuscripts for parts of Dubliners, Stephen Hero, Ulysses, Pomes Penyeach, and his play Exiles.

Letters include substantial correspondence within the Joyce family; substantial correspondence between Joyce and his lover Nora Barnacle, later Nora Joyce, including erotic love letters from Joyce to her; and some fifty letters from Ezra Pound. Also included are correspondence and documents relating to the publication of Joyce's work, with his literary agent James B. Pinker, his patron Harriet Shaw Weaver, publishers Elkin Mathews and Grant Richards, and others. Other correspondents include Oliver St. John Gogarty; Monro, Saw & Co., the law firm which administered Harriet Shaw Weaver's patronage of Joyce; John Quinn, and W.B. Yeats.

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